In 2021, the epidemiological situation regarding Coronavirus in Slovenia continues unfavorable. But what will tourism be like in Slovenia, once the restrictions are over? According to the UNWTO predictions, we will travel for various reasons, including to support tourism. The situation with the Coronavirus in Croatia is also under control and the country is already reopening.
This blog is updated regularly to cover anything new related to the virus and traveling around these countries (ristrictions, current situation, does and don’ts…). Further down you can read why these countries are your safest option for traveling after coronavirus and what can you expect in the near future of traveling.
Current situation with Covid-19 in Slovenia and Coronavirus in Croatia
CURRENT SITUATION WITH CORONAVIRUS IN SLOVENIA (11.01.2021):
- Slovenia was the first European country to declare the end of the Covid-19 pandemic on 15th May 2020 after there were no new cases for several days. So officially Slovenia was out of the pandemic since 1st June 2020. As of 19th October 2020, an epidemic has been declared for the whole of Slovenia.
- The social distance is minimum 1,5m, but in many places 2m is required.
- Masks are obligatory in closed spaces and public transportation. Although, it is recommended to use masks wherever the minimum social distance cannot be respected.
- As of 13 September, quarantine in Slovenia only lasts 10 days.
- Slovenia, for now, still has some border restrictions to keep the pandemic under control while ensuring everyone’s safety. As from 29.09.2020, there is no quarantine obligation for anyone entering the country. There is a list of countries that can enter Slovenia without any restrictions and others with different levels of restrictions (green, yellow and red list of countries). The passengers from yellow and red countries need to Lists are updated regularly, at least every 14 days, having in mind the epidemiological situation of every country, so be careful and check before you go. People with permanent or temporary residence in a country that has been added to the green list, and arriving from such countries, can enter Slovenia without restrictions or quarantine. It shall also be considered that a person is arriving from a country on a green list if they stayed in that country continuously for 14 days before entering Slovenia, which can be proven with a proper certificate. People arriving to the Republic of Slovenia from a EU member state or member of the Schengen Area that has been included on the orange list can enter Slovenia without restrictions or quarantine.
- People entering the Republic of Slovenia, who are a resident of a country on the orange list or who arrive from that country, shall be due to the potential infection with SARS-CoV-2 virus required to stay in quarantine for a period of ten days.
This quarantine shall not be ordered if a person, when crossing the border, submits a medical certificate proving that they have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), which is not older than 48 hours and was performed in a EU member state, in a member of the Schengen Area or in Slovenia.
- IMPORTANT: as from 2021, at the Slovenian international airport (Jože Pučnik airport) it is possible to take the test and if it is negative, you can also enter Slovenia from the countries on the red list, without having to pass the quarantine. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org for complete information.
- So, if you want to visit Slovenia or some other Balkan country contact us at email@example.com. If you travel with us you can be sure that, being a local travel agency, we will help you organize everything and book the trip that will allow you to arrive and immediately start enjoying your holidays.
In Slovenia on 11.01.2021 there were 24.190 confirmed cases of COVID-19:
- New cases confirmed in the last 24 hours: 1.860
- Number of deaths in the last 24 hours: 31
- Total confirmed cases: 141.573
- Total number of deaths: 3.053
CURRENT SITUATION WITH CORONAVIRUS IN CROATIA (11.01.2021):
- Protective masks are mandatory throughout the country in public transportation, medical facilities, shops, malls and every other public place where face to face contact is required between employees and clients such as banks, post office, ministry counters, public notary, currency exchange, services that require close contact (hairdressers, salons, etc.).
- Due to the recent rise of COVID-19 cases, the following measures are in effect from November 28th. These measures may be revised or updated based on the evolving epidemiological situation:
- Individuals must maintain at least 2 meters of social distance indoors and at least 1.5 meters outdoors.
- All public events, gatherings, and celebrations are limited up to 25 people and must end at 22:00, including religious services. These restrictions do not apply to cinemas and museum, gallery and other exhibitions.
- Private gatherings are limited to 10 people and must end at 22:00.
- Funerals are limited to 15 people, but physical contact must be avoided when offering condolences.
- No weddings.
- No sporting events except for category 1, 2, and 3 professional athletes. No spectators allowed and events must end at 22:00.
- All gyms, fitness centres, and sports and recreation facilities are closed.
- Restaurants, cafes, and bars are closed. Hotels and camps may remain open but only for their guests.
- Catering and food delivery are allowed during normal working hours.
- Nightclubs and casinos are closed.
- Alcohol will not be sold from 22:00 to 6:00.
- No fairs and tourist events.
- No musicals, operas, or dance performances.
- No amateur sporting, cultural, or artistic events and practice sessions.
- Individual counties and cities may have additional measures.
- Similar to Slovenia there are still some restrictions to enter Croatia. There is a list of countries that doesn’t have any limitations to enter, but for the majority of the countries it is valid that pre-booked tourist trips are possible without having to quarantine – one has to register, leave personal information and contact before entering though: https://entercroatia.mup.hr/ before entering Croatia.
- Passengers travelling to the Republic of Croatia from an EU / EEA member state (regardless of their citizenship):
- Passengers coming directly from the countries and/or regions of the European Union, i.e. countries and/or regions which are the Member States of the Schengen Area and Schengen Associated Countries, and which are currently in the so called green list of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, regardless of their citizenship, will be allowed entry into the Republic of Croatia under the same conditions as before the onset of the COVID-19 disease (they do not need to present a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 nor are they assigned the measure of self-isolation) if they show no signs of disease and they have not been in close contact with an infected person.If the aforementioned persons transited to the border crossing points of the Republic of Croatia through other countries/regions without delay, they should prove at the border crossing point that they did not stay in transit areas and in that case, they will not be required to have a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours, nor stay in self-isolation.
- All other passengers who, regardless of their citizenship, come to the Republic of Croatia from EU/EEA member states/regions, and which are currently not on the so-called green list of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, must present a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 that is not older than 48 hours (counting from the time of taking the swab to arrive at the border crossing point) or have the PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 done immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation of self-isolation until they receive a negative test result.
*Exceptionally, the PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 is not obligatory for the following categories of passengers travelling from EU/ EEA member states/regions on the so called red list:
- workers or self-employed persons performing essential tasks, including healthcare workers, frontier and posted workers and seasonal workers as specified in the Guidelines concerning the exercise of the free movement of workers during COVID-19 outbreak, provided they do not stay in the Republic of Croatia or outside the Republic of Croatia for longer than 12 hours;
- pupils, students and interns who travel abroad every day, provided that they do not stay in the Republic of Croatia or outside the Republic of Croatia for longer than 12 hours;
- seafarers and workers in the transport sector or transport service providers, including heavy goods vehicle drivers transporting goods to be used in the national territory and those who only transit;
- diplomats, the staff of international organizations and persons invited by international organizations whose physical presence is necessary for the functioning of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties;
- persons travelling for necessary family or business reasons, including journalists in the performance of their duties;
- passengers in transit with the obligation to leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours from entry;
- patients travelling for urgent health reasons.
- Citizens of EU/EEA member states as well as members of their families travelling to the Republic of Croatia from third countries, i.e. those that are not members of the EU/EEA.
- Citizens of EU Member States (including Croatian citizens), i.e. of the Schengen Member States and the Schengen Associated States, as well as members of their families and third-country nationals who are long-term residents under Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents and persons entitled to reside under other EU directives or national law or who have national long-term visas coming from third countries, upon entering the Republic of Croatia, must present a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 that is not older than 48 hours regardless of their citizenship (counting from the time of taking the swab to arrive at the border crossing point) or have the PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 done immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation of self-isolation until they receive a negative test result. *Exceptionally, for the abovementioned persons, a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours will not be obligatory at the border crossing point for healthcare workers, health researchers and caregivers for the elderly, frontier workers, workers in the transport sector, diplomats, staff of international organizations and persons invited by international organizations whose physical presence is necessary for the good functioning of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties, passengers in transit and persons travelling for schooling purposes.
Third-country nationals not covered by the abovementioned points.
- Third-country nationals not covered by the abovementioned points may enter the Republic of Croatia from third countries if they are:
- healthcare workers, health researchers and caregivers for the elderly;
- frontier workers (as well as e.g. athletes as stated in the exceptions for passengers within the EU / EEA);
- workers in the transport sector;
- diplomats, the staff of international organizations and persons invited by international organizations whose physical presence is necessary for the good functioning of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties;
- passengers in transit;
- persons travelling for schooling purposes;
- seafarers (supported by the PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours or by PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arriving in the Republic of Croatia and by self-isolating until they receive a negative test result);
- persons travelling for urgent personal / family reasons, business reasons or other economic interest (supported by the PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours or by PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arriving in the Republic of Croatia and by self-isolating until they receive a negative test result).
- When staying in the Republic of Croatia, all passengers, regardless of their category and country from which they came, are obliged to follow the general and special instructions and recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.
- So if you want to visit Croatia or some other Balkan country contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you travel with us you can be sure that, being a local travel agency, we will help you organize everything and book the trip that will allow you to arrive and immediately start enjoying your holidays.
- Hotels were never closed by state decree, they were closed due to lack of visits and other sanitary restrictions. At the moment the majority of the hotels and campsites if open normally.
In Croatia on 11.01.2021 there were 4.903 confirmed cases of COVID-19:
- New cases confirmed in the last 24 hours: 759
- Number of deaths in the last 24 hours: 35
- Total confirmed cases: 220.982
- Total number of deaths: 4.403
So, with some restrictions it is already possible to travel to Slovenia or visit Croatia. You can already enjoy a hike in the Julian Alps or scuba dive in the Adriatic, in one of the Dalmatian islands. Or try the latest luxurious trend – slow travel.
Little by little we are returning to a “normal life” that will never be the same again and what awaits us is a different normality from the one we already know. With joy, happiness, hope and fear.
These are our promises:
Slovenia, Croatia and other Balkan countries have a pandemic under control. These are tourist countries but a little bit off the beaten path and with many deserted but beautiful places.
As a local agency we are closely monitoring the situation and we will react immediately if anything changes, taking care of your safety during the trip.
We offer tailor-made private trips that allow you to travel alone with a personal guide and you can stay away from other people.
The cheapest option, however, is traveling in small groups that are more economical than private trips. We offer group tours but with the possibility of adapting to the current situation.
You are not comfortable traveling to very touristy places right now? It is ok, us neither…
We offer unique and special programs that will take you out of the typical European destinations. Get to know the pearls of the Balkans that offer everything – nature, history, sea, mountains and great food.
If you don’t yet want to start traveling, don’t worry. We have many dates and programs until the end of the year. Both privately and in escorted small groups.
Travel in the summer on a private cruise, travel in October to see the vineyards, or in December to enjoy the Christmas markets. We already have dates for 2021 too.
We will organize everything. Transportation, hotels, the guide (possible in many different languages), visits… Your safety and well-being are the most important thing for us.
We will find healthier, safer, more photogenic and the most interesting places so that your trip of this chaotic year will be nothing less than perfect.
Don’t let panic win. Don’t let it transform your life.
The Balkans is one of the destinations with the fewest infections and we will take care that you stay safe because we want you to keep traveling with us for many more years to come.
Obviously, many people are facing it with fear, but respecting the measures and with a little care everything will turn out well. And, the trips will also return. We all know that tourism is one of the most affected sectors and that it will take a long time to recover. However, as several experts already say: “Humanity will not stop traveling, but it will modify its consumption behaviors. Fear paralyzes and isolates, but there is also a powerful awareness of freedom that drives us to defy any obstacle to exercise it. ” (Durrieu, M., Santos, G.)
Here we share the reasons why we will travel in the future (according to OMT):
- For the solidarity that we are witnessing around the world.
- To learn about different cultures and return home enriched.
- To support tourism-related employment as a sector that reaches all levels of society.
- To drive development and promote sustainability.
- For the opportunities that the discovery of the world around us will bring.
Tourism after the Coronavirus in Croatia and Slovenia
The future of tourism in Slovenia and Croatia faces several challenges and leaves us, tourism agents, to think too:
- Could it be that we can still travel in 2020?
- Will Slovenia, Croatia and the other countries open the borders?
- Could our clients be able to travel?
- What kind of trips will our clients look for?
- How will we guarantee hygiene and safety?
First, it is important that the agency takes care of all measures to ensure safety and comply with sanitary regulations. At the EKORNA travel agency, we will follow all the rules that will be established, we will take care of guaranteeing the masks and disinfectants so that our passengers feel comfortable and safe. We will guarantee the required space between passengers, traveling in buses or vans and we will take into account the other requests of those who want to travel to Croatia or Slovenia.
Also, we are already thinking about the types of trips we can offer. We are in the middle of travel reframing season, so passengers who have not yet resolved the situation of their trip through Slovenia or Croatia and the other Balkan countries, are recommended to contact the agents to solve it as soon as possible. The same for those who believe that their 2020 vacation in the Balkans may be complicated, although they still do not know it.
What will the trips to Slovenia and Croatia be like?
It is assumed that domestic tourism will be reactivated first and hopefully in 2020, also regional and international tourism. Slovenia and Croatia are among the countries that are best fighting the situation with Covid-19 and we believe that this will continue. This suggests that Slovenia and Croatia will be among the safest countries to travel in 2020 yet.
Being a country where it can get quite cold, Slovenia is not usually a winter destination, but it can be. Traveling to Slovenia in winter is quite a different experience. Many, in their lives, have experienced the cold that they will be able to experience in Slovenia in December or January. The months of December, January and February are considered low season and traveling around Slovenia in low season can also be cheaper. Another of the conveniences to visit Slovenia in the colder months.
Croatia, on the other hand, tends to have a milder climate, but don’t trust it, it can also snow in Dubrovnik 🙂 But, like any other country, Croatia in winter is also full of charms. For example, its capital, Zagreb, was chosen several times as the city with the best Christmas market in Europe.
What types of trips will EKORNA offer after the Coronavirus in Croatia and Coronavirus in Slovenia?
We imagine that there will still be people opting for classic group tours (guaranteed departures), as well as traveling in smaller groups, so that there is more distance between passengers on buses, which will be one of the priorities of EKORNA Travel.
On the other hand, there may be more travelers opting for private travel, looking for additional value: gastronomy trips, transformational trips, luxury trips…
In the future, different types of travel could become popular: private trips, with additional value. Among them, supposedly dual trips, in which two different destinations will be combined into a single trip – nothing better than a trip through Slovenia and Croatia or a visit to Croatia and Montenegro. Or, visit a unique country where you would spend part of the trip in a mountainous location, before moving to a seaside location. Again, Slovenia is a perfect destination for it.
Travel will return after Coronavirus in Croatia & Coronavirus in Slovenia
More and more travellers are looking to reduce the impact of their visits and that is why more and more are looking for under-sold cities and destinations: the Balkans are just that. A paradise, still not often visited, with relatively good infrastructure for travelling by car in peace.
Until now we have struggled with the lack of time to make long routes and we believe that this situation will continue. For this reason, short trips of several days will be important. Slovenia is a perfect country to take a 5 day trip or a 3 day getaway.
On the other hand, more importance will be given to travelling without hurrying. Do less and enjoy more time, instead of running to visit as much as possible. Leave something to visit at another time. Longer trips will be sought with itineraries focused on places of tranquility. Travelling through Slovenia and Croatia calmly, you can relax and when you return, you don’t need a vacation from a vacation, as often happens.
You’ll find it all after Covid-19 in Slovenia
It is assumed that the hotels that have lost in recent years, against Airbnb accommodations and other cheaper types, will be searched again, as passengers will seek more security, hygiene guarantees and possibilities of responses in emergencies. Slovenia is not considered one of the massive places like Paris, London, Madrid and will surely enter the list of who wants to travel to the less frequented places, as well as the other Balkan countries.
Everything indicates that we are going towards a more sustainable tourism: with more ecological transport and mobility; less crowded accommodation and closer to the natural environment. Nothing better than Slovenia to visit it; you can enjoy in everything above.
We have all been surprised by the Covid-19 pandemic and the consequences go far beyond our imaginations. The world has stopped and is slowly recovering, but the road will be long. We have learned that tourism is going to be the most affected, however, the improvement in the general situation allows us to think positively about tourism as well.
The Coronavirus in Slovenia is already leading us to mount new types of trips: in smaller groups, without running to see the places. Slovenia is one of the countries that is best controlling the situation and being less visited in general, surely it will be among the first destinations to visit once it is possible to travel. The same will happen with Croatia. The situation of the Coronavirus in Croatia is under control and you can already imagine the places you would visit, so that when you can really do it, nothing escapes you. At EKORNA Travel you will find more ideas and all the assistance you need.
Contact us for more information, we are here for you.